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North Dakota carrier bucks trucking trends with no layoffs, record low turnover


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While much of the trucking industry is in turmoil, a family-run North Dakota-based trucking company is reporting remarkable success and stability in spite of challenging times.

Mapleton, North Dakota-based trucking company Great Plains Transport is getting attention for what they’re not doing — they’re not laying off workers, even though many other trucking companies have been forced to cut jobs.

They’re not shutting down, even though the trucking industry is facing never-before-seen challenges.

Company drivers aren’t quitting for greener pastures. In fact, Great Plains Employee Engagement Joe Richey says that driver turnover is at a remarkable 20% — and they’re hoping to get that figure to an even lower 10%.

How has Great Plains managed to succeed when other companies are struggling?

Great Plains has established a driver-first company philosophy that provides stability and reduces stress by offering a steady salary paid out weekly, so employees don’t have to fret over how they’ll pay their bills if they need an emergency repair or face some other unforeseen setback.

A weekly paycheck combined with supportive office staff, down-to-earth company owners, new equipment to operate, cash bonuses, and good miles have made Great Plains a great place to land for experienced drivers who are looking for a solid, long term trucking job. Drivers also enjoy benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance, paid vacation, and a 401k company match program.

And the free sack of groceries during orientation is a big plus too! New drivers order groceries in orientation and they deliver the free groceries to the home terminal prior to driver leaving the terminal on the maiden voyage — meaning that they don’t have to hunt down a truck stop meal while they’re starting out with the company. It’s one of the ways that Great Plains proves that they’re willing to go above and beyond for their drivers.

Check out the video below to hear from Great Plains driver Jimmy Grounds, who has been with the company for eight years and has “no desire to go anywhere else.”

Great Plains Transport is family-owned and operated company that has been in business since 1977. If you’re looking for a no-drama trucking job as either an OTR driver or an owner-operator in all 48 states, click here!

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